Acceptable Use Of Technology
Coppell Vs. Arlington Heights & Cleveland Tennessee
Policies for Individual Student
Coppell's- Be polite with computer behavior and keep remain of your privacy. Students must not disrupt others and networks and students are held accountable for any damage of "borrowed" objects and any vandalism will result in replace and violation codes occur.
Cleveland- Students are held responsible for
1.sending crude images over the internet,
2.damaging, hacking, harassing others
3. bullying, selling objects, violating copyright laws
4. stealing identity, foul language, or unauthorized disclosure-def (secret information)
Arlington Heights- Superintendents responsible for student behavior--Rules to follow:
1. Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,
2. Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials
**Any use of social networking must also be monitored such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instant Messaging, Chat, Email etc.
3. Ensure student and staff privacy, safety, and security when using electronic communications,
4. Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities,
5. Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information, such as, names and addresses
As you can see, Coppells laws are very similar to the others yet have less of enforce but stronger consequence. Cleveland's codes of conduct are very straight forward and predictable while Arlington heights are very descriptive and have more restrictions.
Pros and Cons
Pro: Coppell's policy gives out detailed rules to follow that create restrictions for students, however, they leave a big gap of freedom for the student. For example, being polite with computer or device behavior could mean unlimited things according to the way students interpret it.
The con could be that students sometimes are given more freedom then needed especially if they are trusted to be responsible but lack that responsibility.
Pro: Cleveland's policy is more broad and common rules that student may understand right from wrong and not misinterpret. For example: No hack, harassing or sending crude images are all straight forward.
Cons: The rules are not insightful with descriptive pieces to explain the broad rules.
Pros: Arlington Heights policy is more supervised and teachers are put responsible for students actions. For students, this is a positive thing, because less mistakes will occur with teachers choice of what networks maybe accessed.
Cons: This could be negative for teachers because not only are the students restricted from certain things, teachers are as well. When doing projects or group assignments, it maybe more difficult according to lesson plans.
From a students POV, its not a positive policy because they are restricted to more then the rest of the schools listed above.
Each of the district's state that students may not participate in unauthorized websites or improper activities by users online in order to ensure protection and safety.
Coppell- Students who violate this may result in the user's access being suspended or having access completely revoked for a time period
Cleveland- states that "violations shall result in accordance with disciplinary procedures of this district"
Arlington Heights- "The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
[INSTRUCTOR] And the best policy goes to...
The best policy according to a teachers perspective would most likely be
Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,
Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials, **Any use of social networking must also be monitored such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instant Messaging, Chat, Email etc.
I firmly believe that teachers who are exposed to modern social networking and communication are not bothered by the use of it in schools, however, teachers who are use to the traditional style learning may have an intolerance for it unless permitted.
IF CHANGE OCCURRED?
If a change was to be made in Arlington Heights policy, I believe it would be having teachers held responsible for students actions. It not only makes it harder on the teacher yet allows the student to possibly believe they can get off the hook.
[STUDENT] And the best policy goes to...
The best policy in a students opinion would most likely be Coppell's policy. Coppell's policy states everything a student must be cautious of yet gives the student a bit more freedom then the other schools I compared. Coppell's policy states that students are fully responsible for actions that occur where as Arlington Heights puts full responsibility on teachers and staff.
Be polite with computer behavior and keep remain of your privacy. Students must not disrupt others and networks and students are held accountable for any damage of "borrowed" objects and any vandalism will result in replace and violation codes occur.
IF CHANGE OCCURRED?
The policy that a student may change would be being held accountable for their mistakes. Students make plenty of mistakes quite frequently and even though we are teens, I believe we still should take the full credit for our actions. When doing so, it shows that maturity in a student and also shows they can handle themselves with a piece of equipment. So yes, Students may like that policy to change, however, I support that policy because it embraces our chance to show we can be more adult like.